Live Loved

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

[Matthew 11:28]

The Solution for Slumps

Slumps: the petri dish for bad decisions, the incubator for wrong turns, the assembly line of regretful moves. How we handle our tough times stays with us for a long time.

How do you handle yours? When hope takes the last train and joy is nothing but the name of the girl down the street … when you are tired of trying, tired of forgiving, tired of hard weeks or hardheaded people … how do you manage your dark days?

With a bottle of pills or scotch? With an hour at the bar, a day at the spa, or a week at the coast? Many opt for such treatments. So many, in fact, that we assume they reenergize the sad life. But do they? No one denies that they help for a while, but over the long haul? They numb the pain, but do they remove it?

Or are we like the sheep on the Turkish cliff ? Who knows why the first one jumped over the edge. Even more bizarre are the fifteen hundred others who followed, each leaping off the same overhang.

The first 450 animals died. The thousand that followed survived only because the pile of corpses cushioned their fall. We, like sheep, follow each other over the edge, falling headlong into bars and binges and beds…

Is there a solution? Indeed there is: …be quick to pray. Stop talking to yourself. Talk to Christ, who invites. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest” (Matthew 11:28 msg).

God, who is never downcast, never tires of your down days.

[Facing Your Giants]

 Father,

When we find ourselves sinking from the weight of earthly distractions, you have promised to help us find a solution. When days are dark, you long to bring light to our lives. Thank you for never getting tired of lifting us up on down days. Teach us to turn to you in prayer when we’re overwhelmed with discouraging thoughts. Guide us in your word when we feel lost and alone. In your presence we will find joy,

Amen.

Let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

[Philippians 4:6-7]

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him.

[Psalm 43:5]

~ Max Lucado ~

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